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Book Review: ‘The Scattering’ by Kimberly McCreight (Outliers Book 2)

I was a huge fan of Kimberly McCreight’s adult novel, Reconstructing Amelia, so when I was given a chance to review her YA series, I was all for it. You can read my review of the first novel in the series, The Outliers, here on My star rating is no longer visible, but it was a solid 3.5. Its successor, The Scattering, which just came out May 2 is a solid 4.

Wylie is a teen with an extraordinary gift. She’s able to read what other people are feeling with astonishing accuracy. Her father is a scientist who is studying the ability, but there are people who want to steal or dismantle his work. When he suddenly disappears and Wylie is locked in a medical facility, who can she trust? After escaping, she works side by side with Jasper, a close friend for whom she’s developing deeper feelings, to get to the bottom of what’s going on and save the other girls who were captured with her. Who is on her side and who is lying?

The book is quick paced. The plot twists and turns until you believe anything can happen, and happen it does. Can Wylie trust those who are closest to her? Every development will surprise you and have you clamoring to finish the book in a single reading. McCreight is a master of suspense and thrills whether she’s writing for adults or teens. You find yourself emotionally involved with Wylie, feeling her anxiety and confusion. I believe it’s going to be a three-part series and I can’t wait for the next book.

If you enjoy teen thrillers with a pace that keeps you from putting it down, pick up this series. It mixes exceptional abilities with scientific research, dirty politics and murder. It’s the perfect combination for an amazing story.

4 out of 5 stars


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